Each individual team member has the right to feel valued and connected to the members within their team. Inclusion is a key part of breaking down any barriers that may affect the ability of each person to have a positive and collaborative experience in the workplace.

Why is inclusion fundamental to a team?

The culture within the team will impact each person in a different way. Each member of the team should feel that they:

  • Feel valued and respected by both management and team members
  • Have a positive relationship with their line manager
  • Feel that they can rely on and collaborate with their peers
  • Have open channels of communication
  • Can rely on strong leadership and direction from their line managers

A recent survey carried out by Officevibe found that 1 in 5 employees do not feel their work environment is inclusive for all. For a team to thrive, they need to be able to openly discuss and share thoughts and ideas, and they also need to feel valued on an individual level.

So what kind of differences can we see within a team that has adapted an inclusive culture within its’ workplace?

Inclusive teams perform better

In terms of time and energy, inclusion is one of the most effective drivers of morale and a positive company culture. Teams that focus on inclusive behaviours are more successful in the following areas:

  • People are energized and productive.
  • The company culture feels positive, so morale is high.
  • People are creative and innovative and therefore open to fresh ideas.
  • Knowledge-sharing works better.
  • Diverse skills and perspectives lead to better problem-solving.
  • Because of all these things, companies and teams are more competitive in the marketplace.
  • People are happier with their jobs and more loyal to colleagues, managers, and the company.

Race, gender, religion, sexual identity, age, political perspective, and even the differences between introverts and extroverts can foster exclusion. It’s vital for healthy teams to break down the barriers, and despite human nature, collaborate and connect with the whole team.

How you champion inclusivity is important

Driving behaviour change and improving culture is possible with inclusive and consistent messages that are delivered through multiple channels. Tell employees your intentions and equip them to participate. Share the value and satisfaction that result from small efforts. This will result in stronger teams, better relationships and a workforce that is more collaborative, productive, and engaged.